Inside The Chinese Closet

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It would seem that when LGBT men and women come out of the closets as gay to their family in China today, the parents then rush into the closets themselves.  According to this new documentary from Italian filmmaker Sophia Luvarà even liberated Chinese parents who ‘accept’ their children’s sexuality have an immediate concern in that the news … Continue reading



My Leftover Ladies

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In China the word ‘Sheng nu’ means ‘leftover women’ and is a derogatory term made popular by the All-China Women’s Federation that classifies women who remain unmarried after they are 28 years old.  It’s part of the pressure that their society place on women to conform and accept that marriage is the only goal they … Continue reading



A TOUCH OF SIN

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This is acclaimed director Jia Zhang-ke’s haunting and devastating take on how the rapid economic expansion of China is hitting the majority of people in these four separate stories of unparalleled violence. The first tale is of Dahai an ex-miner who goes on a rampage after he fails to report the Village Chief for selling … Continue reading



CHINA HEAVYWEIGHT

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What better way to celebrate Chinese New Year at Sundance than selecting ‘CHINA HEAVYWEIGHT’ as my first movie of the day. Evidently that old curmudgeon Chairman Mao banned boxing in China as he said it was the sport of capitalism and thus very bad.  It wasn’t until after Mohammed Ali visited China in 1979 as a goodwill ambassador that … Continue reading



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